Best Things to Do on a Weekend Getaway in New York City

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Curator’s statement

New York City is your place for a quick and fun getaway with friends. There is so much to do, and no matter what type of person you are, New York has something to offer! This bustling urban jungle has many different vibes - and so much history. From shopping and restaurants to museums and cultural landmarks, every corner has a different energy. You can stay in Manhattan or in nearby Brooklyn, where you get a totally different view of the giant city. You will feel like there’s nothing you can’t do on these streets!

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Where to stay in New York City

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The Ludlow Hotel

Trendy hotel with warmly-decorated rooms in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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The Roxy

Hip Tribeca hotel with a brunch and bar scene that brings in locals.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Four Seasons is polished, and a cool downtown address. It is a winning combo at this staycation favorite with a Wolfgang Puck restaurant.

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Things to do in New York City

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Well once you get to New York you will want to see everything right away which probably won’t be possible. For my fashion lovers, you have many many options for shopping - and I’m talking about shopping with the big S. Whatever your style is, you'll get hours and hours of fun.

For the art lover, there are many good museums in New York. First, The Met is certainly a place to get lost for hours - if not days! Moma will give you the contemporary art you need and if you like history and books, I suggest you go get a peek inside the public library in midtown, it’s free and a nice stop.

An afternoon in Chinatown will get you a smile on your face for the rest of the day. It's very active there - colorful and stimulating.

Of course, you’ll need to get yourself a coffee and walk in Central Park. It's a must, and while we are talking about the "must-dos", you need to see with your eyes Time Square and the Statue of Liberty.

There is so much you can do in New York and one weekend isn’t probably enough. If you need to go somewhere a little lighter than Manhattan take the subway and get yourself to Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Places to eat & drink in New York City

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Breakfast in New York City

  • The Dirty French (inside The Ludlow Hotel): you MUST try the buttermilk pancakes and the omelette!

  • Cool World (Brooklyn): The mushrooms and rapini toast are delish!

Lunch in New York City

  • Los Tacos No.1: This is the type of street food where you just pay for the food and eat it as you go. A perfect snack or lunch on the go, highly recommend the carne taco and the quesadillas.

  • Wo Hop (in China Town and open until 4am): the wonton soup, beef chow mein and fried wontons - just WOW. You will have a doggy bag of leftovers.

  • Prince Street Pizza: A snack or lunch, have you really been in New York without having a Pizza? That pepperonis and cheese pizza is what your soul needs!

Dinner in New York City

  • Lucien: French authentic cuisine. The service there is perfect, friendly and casual. They don’t take reservations but you can put your name on the waitlist and they will call you when a table opens. I recommend the martinis, the escargots, the tartare and a real classic that you can’t go wrong with is their steak and fries. The restaurant offers you all you need from your stomach, your eyes and your soul. Thank me later.

  • Leroy (Greenpoint): They have an exquisite onion soup and spicy green curry mussels.

  • Cafe Mogador (Greenpoint): Arabic food. I recommend the eggplant, falafel and lamb tajine - stop everything you do and eat there. The chicken kebab is also an excellent choice!

Need to Know

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